My co-founder and I are meeting with YouTube in the next few weeks. For various reasons our best guess is that they are interested in a talent acquisition.
We were just wondering if anyone has any personal stories or articles about what it is like to go through a talent acquisition or what possibly to expect.
My best advice: get a lawyer after initial meeting when you know more about what they want.
We are ramen profitable and are going to succeed with our without an acquisition. We would just be on a different path.
A large reason we put this post out there, is to determine if it is something we are actually interested in.
Also, being able to be open with the world about what we are doing is one of my favorite parts about being in a start-up. One of our main goals with our startup is enjoy the experience. If YouTube really doesn't want to work with us because we mentioned our meeting publicly, it is an indication that it is not somewhere we want to work!
In this post though we are merely speculating as to the reason for the meeting and looking for advice from the HN community. If the company had suggested to us that we should keep the fact that we are having a meeting with them confidential, we certainly would have. It is definitely the right thing to do if people ask.
If there's any sort of technical part of the acquisition, depending on the type of technology it can be pretty rough. I was part of a team that was acquired for talent and technology, and as such we needed to integrate our search engine from Trovix to Monster.com. It was interesting, but not fun.
I've often wondered how much in the real world, technology and the associated costs affect due diligence.
Then there's FriendFeed. Bret Taylor became CTO of Facebook very quickly after the acquisition and is now the second, and arguably better, public face of Facebook. His talent level is clearly off the charts though.
I'd love to be able to share our story with everyone, but we are bound by confidentiality agreements. I couldn't even tell my friends what was going on until the day we closed.
If you'll be working on exciting projects and the people there love what they do, it will be wonderful. That is how my first 'talent acquisition' went.
If, however, they are working on boring projects and are acquiring you to 'inject some life' into their organization, run away.